The 4 Best Places In The U.S. For Surfing (And Where to Stay)

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There is no more rejuvenating balance than that of salt and sun. Find movement and relaxation on a surf vacation, without the hassle of leaving the country. Whether you’re looking for an iconic classic, or interested in diverging from the beaten path, take a look at some of our top destinations for wave-riders of any level—and where to rest your fins at sunset.

1. Santa Cruz, California

Known as the “surf city,” Santa Cruz, CA has breaks for new and experienced surfers. . Cowell’s beach is renowned as the beginner’s haven with mellow waves – a longboarder’s paradise. When you’ve had your fill of salt and sun, stroll straight across the sand to your beachside room at theDream Inn. Relax on the patio and take in the sunset over the Pacific, or soak your sore muscles in the sundeck hot tub. When you’re ready to venture out of your personal paradise, take a 7 minute stroll down to “Jazz on the Wharf” and ogle sea lions. Or bring the whole family on  to the nearby Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for roller coasters, laser tag, and cotton candy.

2. Montauk, Long Island NY

Catching south, west, and easterly swells, Montauk offers consistent surf with reef, cove, and point breaks. At three hours from New York City and just a half-hour from the Hamptons, Montauk is the perfect spot to escape the concrete jungle — and the more traditional vacation destination. For your home-away-from-home, enjoy a stay at one of Montauk’s iconic resorts and hotels. Indulge in an aprés-surf sunset cocktail or dip in one of the saltwater pools or saunas. When you need a respite from the sea, stretch your legs in any of the six state parks that speckle Montauk point.

3. Folly Beach, SC

It was the destructive winds of Hurricane Hugo that birthed “The Washout,” South Carolina’s surf spot on Folly Beach famed for its windy rollers. Just down the beach, 10th street and Piddleys offer neophytes a more beginner wave. Take the free beach shuttle back to your boutique hotel and enjoy the southern charm of the Tide’s Folly Beach Hotel. Enjoy the seabreeze from the patio, or take an evening stroll down the fishing pier. At just 10 minutes from downtown Charleston, there is no end to the opportunities for cultural, natural, or historic explorations.

4. La Jolla, CA

With regular sun, warm water, and an unending stretch of beaches north and south, San Diego, CA is a favorite surf holiday destination. The savvy traveler will enjoy their surf-cation solace most at the Lodge Torrey Pines in La Jolla — just thirty minutes drive north of San Diego. Situated on sheer cliffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach, the Lodge Torrey Pines is a 5 diamond rated resort. Treat yourself to the award-winning farm-to-table dining at A.R. Valentien,  Follow Tiger Woods’ footsteps across the expansive Torrey Pines golf course, or find your own path in the 2,000 acre Torrey Pines State Reserve. For surfing, check out La Jolla Shores for forgiving, smaller rollers on a gently sloping, sandy ocean floor. For intermediate waves, test your skill at Scripps’ Pier. If you’re really looking to get barreled, meet the locals at Black’s Beach. And if you’ve still got energy to spare, La Jolla Cove boasts boutique shopping, sunning with harbour seals, and an iconic Pacific sunset.


This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s
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 on [July 19, 2015].